Illumined Clouds by T. De Witt Talmage

T. DeWitt Talmage

Job, 37: 2I: "And now men see not the bright light which
is in the clouds."

Wind east. Barometer falling. Storm-signals
out. Ship reefing maintopsail. Awnings taken in.
Prophecies of foul weather everywhere. The clouds
congregate around the sun, proposing to abolish him.
But after a while he assails the flanks of the clouds
with flying artillery of light, and here and there is a sign
of clearing weather. Many do not observe it. Many
do not realize it. " And now men see not the bright
light which is in the clouds." In other words, there
are a hundred men looking for storm where there is
one man looking for sunshine. My object is to get
you and myself into the delightful habit of making
the best of everything.

You may have wondered at the statistics showing
that in India, in one year, there were over nineteen
thousand people slain by wild beasts, and in another
year there were in India over twenty thousand people
destroyed by wild animals. But there is a monster in
our own land which is year by year destroying more
than that. It is the old bear of melancholy, and with
Gospel weapons I propose to chase it back to its mid-
night caverns. I mean to do two sums - a sum in
subtraction and a sum in addition - a subtraction
from your days of depression and an addition to your
days of joy. If God will help me I will compel you
to see the bright light that there is in the clouds, and
compel you to make the best of everything.

In the first place, you ought to make the very best
of all your financial misfortunes. During the panic
a few years ago you all lost money. Some of you
lost it in most unaccountable ways. For the ques-
tion, " How many thousands of dollars shall I put
aside this year? " you substituted the question, " How
shall I pay my- butcher, and- baker, and clothier, and
landlord?" You had the sensation of rowing hard
with two oars, and yet all the time going down stream.
You did not ...

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